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Avoiding Water Damage via Pipe Ruptures

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Avoiding Water Damage via Pipe Ruptures Included is a picture of the water damage that followed after a pipe burst in someone's basement.

SERVPRO of SW Monroe County offers a wide range of services, from fire and water damages to commercial cleaning services, with the greatest quantity of cases revolving around water damage. Plenty of their water damage cases this year were weather related, but the overwhelming majority were the result of plumbing and pipe related breaks.

Rochester is notorious for cold winters, which is the optimal environment for a pipe to burst and cause water damage. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County has a few tips to avoid this dilemma. Starting as early as the spring or summer, the pipes of your home should be checked to make sure there are no existing leaks or cracks. Any issues with the pipes are easier to resolve in the warmer months before the water has a chance to freeze and crack the pipes further.  When the winter time inevitably comes and you suspect that your pipes are frozen, there are a few more options to prevent them from bursting and causing water damage. First, it is important to make sure that the temperature surrounding the pipes does not reach 32 degrees, the freezing point of water. If possible, try to utilize pre-existing home circulation systems to keep pipes heated. Also, there are products like heat tape that can be wrapped around pipes to keep them insulated. Finally, disconnect any garden hoses connected to outside faucets and install faucet insulators to avoid pipe ruptures and water damage.

As always in upstate New York, winter is coming and it is never too early to prepare. In the event of any pipe rupture or general water damage, call SERVPRO of SW Monroe County to receive professional care. For questions, call (585) 247-9090, visit their website, add them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

Storm Damage Home Cleanup

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Home Cleanup Notice the roof of this young girl's bedroom. The ceiling cracked after a tree limb blew into the roof after a windstorm.

Dubbed the "The Great Rochester Windstorm of 2017", the storm wreaked havoc all over Monroe County leaving around 100,000 people without power. Democrat and Chronicle concluded that the windstorm this year created the most widespread outage in 14 years. With winds over 80 miles per hour, it is no wonder that SERVPRO of SW Monroe County responded to countless storm damage calls already. Things have not quite calmed down yet this summer, with torrential downpours and raging windstorms, it is important to know who to call to remedy any storm damages to the exterior of your home and what to expect from the process.

Storm damages are quite tricky to assess as the damages range from destructive to minor. That is why SERVPRO of SW Monroe County's first step when working with storm damages is to assess the situation and prioritize each bit of storm damage and start with the most dire problematic area. Generally speaking, during windstorms, roofs suffer the most from high-speed winds and risks of downed trees that jeopardize the integrity of the roof. After the initial assessment by SERVPRO of SW Monroe County, be sure to ask your certified representative for recommendations about storm damage recovery. They will let you know if you need further reparations like roof tarping, exterior repairs, or if your storm damages are minor and need no repair. If the home needs repairs, a company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County's 24/7 mitigation services are essential to remedying any emergency situations and resolving storm damages as quickly as possible.

No one could have anticipated the extent of the storm damages that Rochester suffered this year from each windstorm. Thankfully, companies like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County offer 24/7 emergency services to combat the storm damages and resolve each issue that arises. For questions or assessments, call (585) 247-9090, visit the website, find them on Facebook, or tweet SERVPRO @SERVPRO8196.

Cooking is Fun, Fire Damages Not So Much

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

It is such a rewarding feeling to make a meal that you can be proud and even more fun when you do it with family and friends! Ideally, the meal turns out like one of Food Network’s master chefs created it, but what happens when life happens and we are distracted from our cooking and walk away? It happens to everyone one time or another. When disaster strikes, trust a company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County who offers professional fire damage services to get you back on your feet.

A recent consumer food industry survey concluded that cooking at home is still the preferred way to prepare a meal for 98% of Americans. There are even holidays focused on enjoying meals with your family and friends like Thanksgiving and Shabbat dinners. We get together, we laugh, we may indulge, and sometimes we forget as all humans do. The majority of all home fires and fire damages occur in the kitchen. This is due to the oven having many potential dangers when cooking. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County would like to inform you of some of the risks when cooking, so you can get back to being a Chopped chef without worrying about a fire or fire damages. One thing to know is that fat and grease not only splatter on the stove top but inside a stove as well which is a major contender for fire and fire damages. Similarly, when batter overflows, it pools into the bottom of the oven and can ignite. Finally, if you are with others and distracted, do not forget that you are using the oven. Use a timer as a reminder to check on your masterpiece so you can impress your friends and family with your master cooking skills! In the event of your oven catching fire, all is not lost. Keep the door closed and turn the oven off. This is generally effective in stopping all kitchen fires before there is any fire damage. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and if the fire does not go out, leave the house, call 911, and call a company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County to employ their 24/7 mitigation services to fix any fire damages.

 Many family traditions begin in the kitchen. Family dinners, holiday cooking baking, birthday meals, and friendly Chopped competitions are all great ways to get your family and friends involved. That being said, it is important to know the risk of using an oven and its potential to cause fire damage to your home. If you find yourself in the tragic situation of a kitchen fire, employ SERVPRO of SW Monroe County's certified fire damage services to repair any damages caused by the fire. For questions, call (585) 247-9090, visit http://www.SERVPROswmonroecounty.com/, find them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

Preparing for Flood and Storm Damage

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for Flood and Storm Damage This photo was taken in Sodus Point to capture the extent of the recent flooding crisis.

                It seems that Rochester has been hit hard this year with rain and wind storms that have caused plenty of storm damage, but did you know the rainiest month for Rochester is actually August? The Farmer’s Almanac predicts that Rochester will still have plenty of showers and thunder storms throughout the rest of July and August. With all of the rain that Rochester has received, SERVPRO of SW Monroe County would like to offer you some helpful tips about staying safe during a flood.

                Before a flood happens, it is imperative to be prepared for the worst. It is recommended that an emergency kit is prepared and stays in the car for a quick escape. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County also recommends reviewing your homeowner’s insurance policy to see if it covers flooding or storm damages. In the event of a flood, it is crucial that you leave the area as floods are unpredictable. If possible, professionals recommend that you travel on roads that are on higher ground and stay evacuated until the local authorities clear the area. Unfortunately during a flood, many homes suffer from water and storm damage. If there is a flood, let a seasoned name like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County offer their professional mitigation services to mend any flood damages.

                In early June, just shy of 15 inches of rain fell in Rochester, NY and the effects were devastating for some. The storm damages were so extensive that Governor Cuomo allocated $45 million to remedy the damages. If you or anyone you know experienced any flood damages, partner with a company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County to receive certified care for your home. For questions, visit the website, call them at (585) 247-9090, or find them on Facebook or Twitter.

Commercial Service Cleanups after Vandalism

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Service Cleanups after Vandalism In a recent break-in, the victim's bathroom mirror was shattered.

Unfortunately, there are times when businesses get broken into and vandalized. It’s just a sad part of reality and it makes us distrustful of others. In times like this, it’s important to know that there are companies out there like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County who you can trust and who offer professional commercial services in addition to their fire and water damage services.

Rochester is our home and for many of us it holds a place in our heart. Tragically, Rochester boasts a notorious reputation for extremely high crime per capita. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County hears too many stories of local businesses being broken into and damaged by intruders. For this reason it is of upmost importance for SERVPRO of SW Monroe County to be available 24/7, to lend our support to the victims of vandalism. While the first step should be to alert the local authorities, as soon as your property is cleared to be cleaned, lean on a company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County for support. They are professionals in commercial service cleanings and hold rigorous standards for the work they complete.

In an optimal world, there would be no crime and no need for services to correct damages to your local business. In the unfortunate event that your business is a victim of vandalism, contact a tried and true company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe Count to employ their professional commercial services. If you have any questions, please call at (585) 247-9090, visit their website, add them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

Water Damage Home Saving Techniques

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Home Saving Techniques This is an example of a water leak that ended up causing water damage.

Water damages can lead to massive disasters in your home. Whether it is a flood, a water leak, or general condensation build up in household equipment, professional companies like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County offer 24/7 services to remedy these issues before any water damage repairs need to be undertaken.

HVAC Cleanings

SERVPRO of SW Monroe County offers HVAC cleanings to remove moisture from HVAC machines. This is incredibly important in the summer because the humidity and moisture in the air is filtered through the HVAC machine and can potentially cause water damage. HVAC cleanings extend the life of the equipment, a much cheaper alternative than replacing the machine.

Odor Removal

SERVPRO of SW Monroe County also offers odor removal and deodorizing treatments. Often times when a smell in a home appears, it is due to a water leak that is creating mildew. If ignored, a water leak is sure to cause water damage within a home. Speedy service is essential to absorbing the costs of potential water damages in a home.

Water damages leach the life out of home equipment and are responsible for costly home repairs. However, with quick and efficient mitigation services, SERVPRO of SW Monroe County utilizes a general rule of thumb: restoring is exponentially cheaper than replacing. For questions about HVAC cleanings and Odor Removal treatments, call SERVPRO of SW Monroe County at (585) 247-9090, check their website, or go take a look at their Facebook and Twitter page.

Mold Remediation Services and Helpful Techniques to Prevent Mold Growth

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Services and Helpful Techniques to Prevent Mold Growth Pictured here is an infestation of black mold. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County's mold remediation services were employed to remedy this issue.

Mold is an essential part of the environment as it is responsible for breaking down natural matter in an ecological system. While vital in nature, mold is responsible for numerous health risks. In the event of mold growth in a home, mold remediation services should be employed.

SERVPRO of SW Monroe County is a certified, professional mold remediation service. Located all across the country, SERVPRO is a tried and true name in the cleanup and restoration service industry. In a mold growth situation, companies like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County can be trusted to effectively and efficiently remove mold growths. Furthermore, there are a few mold remediation techniques that any home owner can employ for supplementary mold deterrents.

  • Plants: There are an abundance of natural plants that filter the air, capture mold spores, and look nice in a home. Some easily available examples are English Ivy, Bamboo, and Snake Plants. These plants have been proven to also remove toxins from the air to improve the air quality and reduce the need for mold remediation services.
  • Vinegar Spray: In many cases, vinegar has been proven to halt the growth of mold until mold remediation services are employed. Use gloves and a spray bottle filled with only vinegar to stop the mold from growing and then contact a professional company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County to complete the mold remediation process.
  • Baking Soda: Baking soda is fantastic at removing mold scents. Sprinkle baking soda on mold to stop the mold from smelling and while you are at it; contact a mold remediation service like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County to complete the mold remediation service.
  • Dehumidifiers: The optimal environment for mold is warm and damp area like a kitchen or a bathroom. Rather than being faced with a mold growth, using a dehumidifier is effective at preventing a growth from happening and it lowers the risk for the need of mold remediation services.

Often times, mold can be overlooked as it grows in unexpected areas. In the event of mold growth in a home, let a reliable company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County employ their expert mold remediation services. For questions, please call SERVPRO of SW Monroe County at (585) 247-9090, visit their website, or visit their Facebook or Twitter page.

Mold Remediation and Allergy Management

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

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Millions of Americans suffer from allergies like mold, dust, dander, and pollen and rely on companies like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County for mold remediation and home cleaning services. While there is no cure for allergies, there are preventative measures available to alleviate symptoms. Many people associate medications to ease allergy symptoms, but there are in fact a few home cleaning techniques that can improve an allergy sufferer’s quality of life. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County offers a range of mold remediation and cleaning services to reduce and eliminate mold, dust, dander and pollen in homes.

We love our pets, but carpets are magnets for collecting dust, animal dander, and mold which are sure to make most allergy sufferers sneeze. Vacuuming collects some of the allergens, but often times the motion sends the dust and dander floating to another location. Additionally carpets collect moisture and become moldy over time. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County uses state-of -the-art equipment to tackle the most challenging carpet cleaning tasks to remove dust and dander and use specialized equipment for mold remediation as well.

Any allergist will tell you that an HVAC is the optimal home circulation technique, but it doesn’t eliminate allergens completely. Dust and pollen build up in HVAC machines and then in turn, circulate through a home. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County offers HVAC cleanings to improve the air quality in homes and eliminate the potential of allergens circulating. Cleaning an HVAC also reduces the potential of mold growth and is an effective mold remediation service.

In addition to their services of fire and water damage repair, the team at SERVPRO of SW Monroe County offer mold remediation and home cleaning services to reduce allergens. For questions about carpet cleanings and HVAC cleanings, call SERVPRO at (585) 247-9090, check out their website, and don’t forget to find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Fire Damages and Tips for Fire Prevention

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damages and Tips for Fire Prevention This hole was created by a fire in the walls. After SERVPRO of SW Monroe County finished mitigation, a subcontractor patched the wall back up.

June 30, 2017

Fire damages can be tragic and devastating, but knowing what to do in the situation is imperative. While fire prevention is optimal, it is not always feasible. In the event of a fire, a company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County should be called immediately after the fire department leaves. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County employs certified teams who are adept and swift when dealing with fire damage situations and will minimize the damages and losses to your family.

SERVPRO of SW Monroe County understands that fire damage is incredibly stressful and that is why their 24/7 services are vital to the operation. Professionals will immediately assess the damages and create a plan to minimize fire damage losses. Soot and ash build up has the potential to ruin objects, but SERVPRO of SW Monroe County promptly removes all viable objects and cleans them. Additionally, SERVPRO of SW Monroe County will work with subcontractors to remedy any structural damages.

While it is impossible to eliminate the risk of a fire and fire damages, here are a few tips that every home owner should know. First, smoke detectors should be tested every month to make sure they are operating. Second, a fire extinguisher should be located in a safe and easy place to grab. Also, having an emergency escape plan is incredibly important. In the event of any fire, it is most important to get out, stay out, and call emergency individuals for help. While the emergency department is working, call SERVPRO of SW Monroe County for a speedy response to get a jump start on mitigation.

If you find yourself in a tragic situation like a home fire, call SERVPRO of SW Monroe County so you can rely on their prompt service of minimizing fire damages. If you have any questions, give SERVPRO of SW Monroe County a call at (585) 247-9090, visit their website, or find them on Facebook or Twitter.

Don't be UNPREPARED when DISASTER hits!!

1/21/2016 (Permalink)

Alisha and Jamie, of SERVPRO of Southwest Monroe County would love to come to your business and put together a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

Contact Us today to get your SERVPRO of Southwest Monroe County Emergency Ready Plan. Don't be unprepared when disaster hits! (585) 247-9090